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Mammogram anxiety

mollyfin

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I've been putting off getting a mammogram long enough; I had some changes my gyn thought were nothing to worry about but I'm also 40 so he gave me a referral. Six months later I'm still too chicken to do it, but I know I need to.

I know that if something's wrong it's better to know than not know. I know that this is just something everyone has to go through at some point. I know a lot of people get called back and few have cancer.

My anxiety doesn't care about what I know, though.
 

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I've been putting off getting a mammogram long enough; I had some changes my gyn thought were nothing to worry about but I'm also 40 so he gave me a referral. Six months later I'm still too chicken to do it, but I know I need to.

I know that if something's wrong it's better to know than not know. I know that this is just something everyone has to go through at some point. I know a lot of people get called back and few have cancer.

My anxiety doesn't care about what I know, though.
What scares you about getting a mammogram? Is it the results, waiting for the.results, pain, etc?
 

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I used to be afraid to get them also. But I ended up going anyway and everything was fine. It’s really really important to go. I figured if I had something and it was caught early it’s way better. I know a couple people who caught it early and they are fine Going on 10 years and 25 years! If they hadn’t caught it early, it would be a different story. It’s just like any other preventative care., Such as colonoscopies., Etc..
I wish you the best!
 

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My fear is what it'll find. I've had one before so I'm not afraid of the procedure itself. I know you want to find things as soon as possible, and yet I'm still dragging my feet. I make no sense sometimes. Having my doctor fax a referral to the facility so I can go after my covid vaccine kicks in fully (should be in less than a week, got it the 19th).
 
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I know I was always afraid of getting any kind of testing. But I’ll tell you that thinking about it and worrying about it and stressing is way worse than actually going and have it done. It’s such a relief once it’s over with even if I didn’t have the results yet. At least it’s over. I found it way more stressful, worrying about it and not going.
 

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My fear is what it'll find. I've had one before so I'm not afraid of the procedure itself. I know you want to find things as soon as possible, and yet I'm still dragging my feet. I make no sense sometimes. Having my doctor fax a referral to the facility so I can go after my covid vaccine kicks in fully (should be in less than a week, got it the 19th).
Please go - you’ll get peace of mind!!
 

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I know I was always afraid of getting any kind of testing. But I’ll tell you that thinking about it and worrying about it and stressing is way worse than actually going and have it done. It’s such a relief once it’s over with even if I didn’t have the results yet. At least it’s over. I found it way more stressful, worrying about it and not going.
I truly wish I had your courage.
 

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I have my appointment scheduled but it's not for five more weeks. Gonna be a long wait!
 

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I understand exactly how you feel. I go yearly and in 2021 they found a lump and it turned out to be a fibroadenoma but waiting for results killed me and now I have extreme anxiety over getting them done. I went for a 6 month in March 2022 and my annual in October 2022 and I have my annual coming up now in less than 2 weeks. I literally have myself dead and buried, convinced they’re going to tell me I have cancer.
 

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I’ve never had one and I am over 40. Anxiety has always been way too high to even think about it. And honestly, it is one of the reasons I am avoiding seeing a doctor because I know they will recommend one. And I know I really should get one, especially now, since my mother recently had breast cancer diagnosed from her yearly mammo. She caught it early and is in the midst of radiation treatments.
 

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I'm glad they caught it early! And yeah I also know the best thing to do is to get it but the anxiety is off the charts for me. Still doing it though, because facing fears and all that. And if I, the biggest coward of all time, can do it, I bet you can!
 

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I’ve never had one and I am over 40. Anxiety has always been way too high to even think about it. And honestly, it is one of the reasons I am avoiding seeing a doctor because I know they will recommend one. And I know I really should get one, especially now, since my mother recently had breast cancer diagnosed from her yearly mammo. She caught it early and is in the midst of radiation treatments.
I feel the same, I am way over due for a checkup but waiting for medical test results puts me over the edge. It's not good but I don't know how to get over this.
 

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In this boat now. Got my mammo on Thursday and waiting for results. I wanted to put it off but I kept telling myself that if there is something there, better to find out now than to let it get worse and find out then. Waiting won’t change results but it’ll change the prognosis.
 
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